A Southborough resident asked me to spread the word on his fundraiser to get more effective facemasks in the hands of hospital workers.
Jake Alpert was hospitalized for a non-covid related condition recently. He discovered that many hospital workers only had access to cloth masks:
Recently, I was admitted to the Newton-Wellesley hospital where I spent three days being treated for meningitis. During my time there, I was surprised and made aware of how many of the doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers only had cloth face coverings and not surgical masks. After asking a nurse why that was the case, she told me that they simply did not have enough surgical masks for everyone.
Through a family connection, Alpert had access to purchase better masks:
With my dad in the roofing business, I have access to buy KN95 masks, a type of surgical mask, in bulk at a cheaper price. I am trying to raise enough money to buy 5000 KN95 masks to donate to hospitals across Massachusetts that are also under-stock in surgical masks. Any & Every donation counts.
I know, these aren’t the highly sought N95 masks. But Alpert explains, that the KN95 masks are more effective than cloth masks, and endorsed by the CDC for certain uses.*
As of last Friday, he had already successfully acquired masks for multiple hospitals:
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. With your donations, we were able to purchase 1,750 KN95 masks and donate them to the Cambridge Health Alliance. The Cambridge Health Alliance will use them at the following hospitals: Somerville Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, and Everett Hospital. It’s a great start but we still have a ways to go to reach 5k masks so please continue to spread the word!!
Earlier today, he told me he was very close to his threshold for purchasing the next 1,000 masks.
To donate towards the initiative, click here.
*The masks are also made to filter small particles. You can read more about the CDC guidance on KN95 masks in the light of N95 mask shortages here.